☕️ C&C YEAR IN REVIEW ☙ Saturday, December 30, 2023 ☙🦠
An optimistic and snarky look back at the year just navigated by we, the survivors.
Good morning C&Cers, it’s Saturday the 30th — the last regular C&C post of the year. So it’s time for an optimistic look back at the year just navigated by we the survivors. This time we will snarkily compare the news from the first week of January to where we are now, showing just how far we’ve come. Buckle up.
🗞💬 2023 YEAR IN REVIEW 💬🗞
🔥 To sort of benchmark where we are now, here at the end of December 2023, the Covidians are complaining about being censored on Facebook:
Think of that. In January of this year, the Twitter files had just begun trickling out the month before. Musk completed buying Twitter in October, so by January it was just becoming safe to talk about vaccine injuries. Now — a year later — the covid fearmongers are the ones getting censored by the legacy platforms and learning the importance of free speech.
Ironically, Facebook censorship is driving them to Twitter, home base for their mortal enemies, the anti-vaxxers. Beyond the First Amendment issues, Covidians are closing in on the truth. They aren’t yet ready to question the jabs, not after arguing so hard for coercing vaccinations, imposing passports, punishing anti-vaxxers, and so forth, but the Covidians are starting to ask around wondering why they are so sick all the time:
This thread included several more recent examples, all of which were fascinating, but for economy I’ll include just a little bit more, to show how very close they are getting to figuring out the truth:
Hmm, a sore right forearm. What else could have happened in that right arm? Anything else that causes soreness? Think about the shoulder area.
This time last year, suggesting there was anything wrong with the jabs would make the Covidians laugh like stoned high schoolers at a Cheech and Chong concert. It’s a game of inches and we are inching closer.
🔥 Now, let’s get in the Hot Tub Time Machine and travel back to January 2023. I’ve updated the news items we were reading about back then.
The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed asking, “Are Vaccines Fueling New Covid Variants?” That good question remains unanswered, but there’s been some evidence. In early January when the op-ed ran, the nation was wrestling with a terrifying viral cephalopod, the Kraken, which was the most transmissible covid variant in history. Man overboard! Fire the starboard cannons! But tragically, before we could launch the S.S. Sarcastic, the Kraken was almost immediately submerged by the even-more-transmissible, monstrous two-headed super-dog variant Orthrus. But before the mythological canine could bite a single mailman, it was edged out by the even-more-transmissible and even more terrifying three-headed mythological super-dog Cerberus, which had one more head than Orthrus. But then Cerberus was overthrown by the even-more-transmissible and frighteningly phallic Pirola variant which, having run out of scary mythological creatures and having shot their wad with the penis reference, was shriveled up by the boringly-named JN.1, which — and this will surely surprise you — is somehow even-more-transmissible.
In January, Queensland, Australia doctor Wilson Chin, 31, former director of Pacific Pines covid vaccination center, who famously got death threats after two children were vaccine-injured at the clinic, ironically died suddenly and unexpectedly at home. One year later, they still haven’t released Dr. Chin’s cause of death, except to confirm it was not suicide, accident, or murder. Despite making international news after upset parents scolded Dr. Chin, the media instantly got amnesia about the good doctor when he died. The anti-vaxxer crackdown had barely gotten up and running before its poster boy for aggrieved MDs became just another anti-vaxxer talking point. Whoops.
Also in January, I attended Governor DeSantis’s inauguration where he was sworn in for his second term. Within hours, the Governor massively triggered leftists by appointing anti-woke activist Christoper Rufo to New College’s Board of Trustees, and fired the first shots in the Great 2023 War on Disney at its Reedy Creek district. The war would eventually end in a total loss for the Mouse, a defeat so complete that media would rather not even talk about how Governor DeSantis is a literal dictator any more. A fews months later, the Governor would turn to running for President and instantly became a lightning rod for intra-party criticism, making Florida decidedly less fun during the second half of the year.
It was still fun though.
Also in the first week of this year, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Damar Hamlin shocked the nation by dramatically collapsing on the field during live Monday Night Football. His injury was because of a bad hit and nothing else and stop spreading rumors you anti-vaxx nutjob. The media quickly diagnosed what happened as an ultra-rare commotio cordis sports injury that had never happened from a football tackle before. So.
In July, NFL officials cleared Damar Hamlin to return to football, which proved beyond any possible argument that he was not vaccine injured. So there. And once we saw him playing we would realize that conspiracy theories about body doubles and CGI were just silly nonsense. And then Damar voluntarily decided not to play in order to be a community resource, which doesn’t prove anything, because he could have played football if he wanted to, he just didn’t want to. In August, sports media reported Damar will receive his full $3.64 million dollar NFL salary even though he isn’t playing and even though doesn’t even want to play.
But that doesn’t prove anything and is not suspicious at all. It’s none of your business. Damar was cleared to play, so that ends the discussion. That’s science!
A few days following Damar’s dramatic on-field collapse, the Bills’ beloved radio announcer John Murphy stroked out. “Temporarily” replaced, like Damar, John has yet to return to work. But he’s doing fine! He could work if he wants to! You never know!
And of course, Bills’ owner Kim Pegula, 52, had a heart attack back in June 2022 while sleeping that also caused serious brain damage, from which she has not recovered and has since not reappeared in public (except sitting in a car). Descriptions of her neurological condition sound a lot like John Fetterman’s symptoms, except possibly even worse.
In August, Kim’s husband Terry Pegula asked fans to pray for her recovery.
In January, retired tennis superstar and lesbian activist Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with two different types of cancer — both breast cancer AND throat cancer — in the same month. “I was like, how the hell is this possible?” she asked the Hope Lodge cancer support community. “It’s not related to the first one and not related to each other.” It was an excellent question. Martina added that she has no genetic predisposition to cancer.
Fortunately, later this year media reported Martina has recovered from her double-whammy cancers, which were totally natural and those kinds of things happen all the time, and stop asking questions.
After being diagnosed with shingles-related Ramsay Hunt syndrome in 2022, in January Grammy-award-winning music sensation Justin Bieber, 28, canceled his Coachella concert appearance without any explanation along with all 70 other scheduled tour dates. Before the month was out, Justin sold rights to his entire music catalog for $200 million dollars. He has never appeared in or even scheduled a concert since. A few months later, Justin retired permanently from everything.
Justin seems to be enjoying life. Yesterday media reported he attended a soccer game for date night with Hailey in Toronto. Also in 2022 — the same year as Justin’s Ramsay Hunt diagnosis — Hailey had a mini-stroke and cardiac surgery. Fortunately by all reports Hailey is doing well and is happy.
In January, a study published in the journal Vaccine that was based on Pfizer and Moderna’s own clinical trial data concluded “We found excess risk of serious AESIs to exceed the reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations in both Pfizer and Moderna trials.” In other words, Pfizer and Moderna’s own data failed to show a positive risk/reward ratio. Also in January, the BMJ published a study concluding that mRNA vaccine risks are not justified by the potential benefits for healthy college students.
That’s just science, but who cares; neither study stopped media from claiming the exact opposite all year. Or the W.H.O., which updated its website just this month with some very tricky wording saying:
Haha, the first sentence (“vaccines must be proven safe and effective in large Phase III clinical trials”) was 100% true, but skillfully avoided any mention of the phase III trials for Pfizer or Moderna at all. It just stated normal FDA requirements. The only affirmative representation was that “billions of people have received the covid vaccine to date,” which does not show anything. Well, it shows nothing except a lot of people made a lot of money.
In January, the House of Representatives barely shifted Republican and the battle for Speaker began. Kevin McCarthy would be elected subject to a bunch of concessions like creating a bunch of investigatory committees. The House Oversight Committee immediately began looking into the Biden Bribery case and found thousand of documents like check stubs, wire transfer confirmation slips, emails from alias accounts, and even a hand-written confession from Joe Biden that the media carefully determined, weighing all the pro’s and con’s, represents no evidence whatsoever.
Okay I made up the part about the hand-written confession. But it wouldn’t have made any difference.
A few months later, McCarthy would be removed as Speaker, Nancy Pelosi would finally get evicted from the Speaker’s offices, and a brand-new, unknown fundamentalist Christian from Louisiana named Mike Johnson would become the new Speaker — smack dab in the middle of budgetary World War III, impeachment, a failing southern border, and a massive push for billions in controversial Ukraine and Israel funding.
Shortly after that, McCarthy abruptly announced his retirement from politics.
In January, a couple of non-lawyers named Brunson created a social media firestorm by suing Biden, most democrats in Congress, and then three Supreme Court justices for treason. Then they clogged up social media with minute-by-minute updates of how their cases were soon going to trial at the Supreme Court and posting long, rambling debates about just how significant their cases were. Meanwhile lots of innocent lawyers endured countless questions about why we hadn’t tried the same novel legal theories that the Brunsons came up with. Then the cases went nowhere, there was no trial, and nothing happened. ‘A’ for effort though.
In January, Ukraine, right about to start its ill-fated Glorious Counteroffensive any second now, summarily rejected Russia’s offer of a cease-fire for the Orthodox Christmas celebrations. Zelensky though it was an obvious Russian ploy for time because Putin was frightened that the Glorious Counteroffensive would be successful.
Over the next twelve months, the Russians would go on to beat the Ukrainians like red-headed stepchildren, and the Glorious Counteroffensive pivoted into the Glorious Stalemate. Just this month, Biden signaled it may be time to finally negotiate a peace deal — which could have happened last January. In the last 48 hours, Russia has been bombing Kiev nonstop. Kiev has begun bombing major cities inside Russia, which Russia has said would be a red line.
Paradoxically, I see the increased hostilities as a ramp-up to peace negotiations.
Also in January, China finally abandoned its Zero-Covid policy by declaring that the Marxist principles of the Chinese Communist Party had triumphed over the virus! And the entire country was now virus-free! Dazed apartment residents in many Chinese cities wandered outside for the first time in six months, blinking like barn owls in the unfamiliar sunlight.
Project Veritas published its expose on Pfizer by tricking a doubly-diverse senior product manager named Jordan Tristan Walker into going on what he thought was a gay date, having a few harmless drinkey-poos, and was then baited into impressing his fake hookup partner by explaining that sure, Pfizer tinkers around with covid’s genes to make it more deadly all the time, yo.
The sordid Jordan Walker exposé video brought the fact checkers out in force, like Newsweek, which was ultimately unable to say one way or the other whether the Project Veritas video was true, especially since Pfizer wasn’t saying. But Newsweek reported it was probably false, because if Pfizer was actually mutating the covid virus to make it more deadly then, well, I mean, that would be super bad and stuff:
Within a few weeks, Project Veritas’s board of directors went rogue, firing its iconic founder James O’Keefe. What did they need him for? The organization declared it was a cost-cutting measure because James — Project Veritas’ CEO — was too expensive, demanding, and hard to control. And that was the end of that.
In January, for about ten seconds the CDC and the FDA briefly announced a “possible link” between the Pfizer mRNA jab and strokes. But within hours, both agencies had been straightened out, were back on the farm, and Pfizer was “cleared” of any potential stroke-related issues, issues which never ever happen, no, no, just keep saying “safe and effective” over and over till it kicks in.
Perhaps sensing the year’s coming difficulties, Moderna preemptively announced its “pipeline of mRNA drugs beyond covid.” But, despite winning the FDA’s fast-track approval for personalized mRNA cancer drugs, the “pipeline” remains only a buzzword, a figment of investor imagination. In January, Moderna’s stock was priced just under $200 a share. This morning, pipeline notwithstanding, it’s selling for $99.45.
Also in January, still woozy from a late night out, New York City’s Department of Health improvidently tweeted that covid variant XBB.1.5 (aka the Kraken) “may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated.” Whoops. Over the next twelve months, for some reason, uptake of new-and-improved trivalent covid boosters would crash to a historic low. Just like Pfizer’s stock price:
🔥 In each previous year-end C&C post, I’ve worked to cheer folks up in the face of draconian covid policies, jab mandates, and imminent WHO takeovers. But this year feels different, more like a year of progress. Maybe this is the year when sane people stopped playing defense and started to go on offense. True, there are plenty of things that you could worry about, but there is also a whole lot to celebrate and take comfort in, more than we’ve had since back in the halcyon pre-pandemic days of yore.
It’s taken three years to get here. It seems like a quick three years in hindsight; but it sure didn’t feel quick living through them.
Obviously, in today’s roundup, I’ve omitted tons of concerning current events about World War III, Trump lawsuits, the Middle East, double-digit inflation, central digital currency, fifteen minute cities, climate change scams in a variety of forms and colors, billionaires in bunkers, the coming solar apocalypse, election stealing, spy balloons, direct energy weapons, nuclear brinksmanship, vaccine-added politicians, BRICS, and similar topical issues of great import. Three years ago you’d have called me cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs had I suggested you should think about any of those things.
One of the reasons I focus so much on covid issues is that I believe the response to the virus knocked the world off kilter. In other words, all (or nearly all) of the world’s current craziness is all drawn from the same foul well of mass delusion. My working hypothesis is that, as covid sanity returns, many of these other insane things will also resolve.
The good news is we seem to be in the phase where covid sanity is returning. Maybe even for Covidians.
I’ll leave you with this clip, as an example of how far we’ve come and where we are now: behold, former National Institutes of Health director and presidential advisor Francis Collins and his apology (non-apology) for all the mistakes that were made during the pandemic:
Here’s the lightly-edited version of Collins’ comments:
As a guy living inside the Beltway … trying to decide what to do … we weren’t really thinking about what that would mean to (a) family in Minnesota, a thousand miles away from where the virus was hitting so hard. We weren’t really considering the consequences in communities that were not New York City or some other big city.
If you’re a public health person … you have this very narrow view of what the right decision is: something that will save a life. It doesn’t matter what else happens. So you attach infinite value to stopping the disease and saving a life. (But) you attach a zero value to whether this actually totally disrupts peoples’ lives, ruins the economy, and has many kids kept out of school in a way that they never quite recover from. Collateral damage.
That mindset was really unfortunate. That was another mistake.
In the full clip, Collins makes it clear he’s not exactly apologizing; everything that was done was unimpeachably done for the very best of intentions with limited knowledge under difficult circumstances. But still. He’s admitting it was a mistake. We’ve come a long way in a year.
It may not seem like it, but next year is going to be great. Crazy. Interesting. Challenging. But great. You’ll see! Let me know what good things you are looking forward to next year in the comments.
Happy New Year, C&C Family! I’ll see you all back here in 2024.
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